Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his annual Christmas speech, one of his most important of the year, to promoting traditional values while denouncing those who manipulate their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices, the AP reports.
“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves,” the pontiff pontificated.
“The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.”
The Pope’s comments come just a week after his controversial World Day of Peace message stating that gay marriage was the downfall of society and an editorial by the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper claimed the fight for marriage equality was the pursuit of an “unattainable utopia.”
His Holiness went on to lament how a new “philosophy of sexuality” has taken hold, no longer making sex and gender “a given element of nature that man has to accept and personally make sense of” but rather “a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society.”
As a result, “man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist.”
Wrapping up his warm holiday greetings, Benedict warned that “when freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself,” man is ultimately “stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.”
Thank you Pope Benedict for reminding us about the true spirit of Christmas: religious oppression. Just hear those shackles ring-ting-tingling too.
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